German Naval Camouflage: Vol 1: 1939-1941 Book Review

German Naval Camouflage: Vol 1: 1939-1941

By John Asmussen and Eric Leon

Hardcover in dustjacket, 192 pages

Publisher: Naval Institute Press 2013

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9781591143338

ISBN-13: 978-1591143338

Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches

This book is must-have for Kriegsmarine modelers.  From battleships to light cruisers, each ship is shown in photographs and color profiles.  These are given for each ship by name, and every time the camouflage or marking scheme changed the authors provide a new color profile and overhead view if necessary to show the new scheme.  A representative selection of destroyer camouflage is given the same treatment in the last chapter.

Two things struck me upon opening this book.  First, the quality and quantity of the artwork is very impressive.  The drawings are very detailed and the reproductions are top-notch.  Second, the attention to detail is unsurpassed.  In some cases the camouflage or recognition markings on these ships changed every few months and the authors have produced a separate drawing reflecting each change.  Several of the short-lived schemes were new to me, it is always a pleasant surprise to discover new variations.

A fascinating topic, I can recommend this book without hesitation.